3.29.2015

The Weekly Round-Up: Favorite March No Spending Posts


It's the end of March, so it's time for me to showcase my favorite posts from the March 12x30 Challenge-No Spending posts.  So here we go!

4 Tools for Managing Your Finances
♥ Grace, Faith, & Glitter wrote about 4 Tools for Managing Your Finances, and it is so much help-I need that YNAB program.

Spring Cleaning Pays Off
♥ Instead of just saving, Happiness with a Side of Tea shows us how we can make money simply with Spring Cleaning!

♥ Life, Love, and Coffee Stains wrote about 6 Tips for Budgeting After College.  So necessary-it's rough!

♥ My co-host Chasing My Extraordinary shared her tips on becoming more financially stable. There are good ones!

♥ And of course, don't forget my post about How to Curb Your Spending & Start a Budget from Your Bank Account.

What are your favorite posts this week?

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3.28.2015

Saturday Spotlight: Meet Cass from The Wolf & Me


Happy weekend friends and readers!  Today I want to introduce you to Cass from The Wolf and Me.  Isn't that a great title? I mean you can take that so many places, but when you learn what it really means (she explains in detail coming up) it's even more perfect.

Cass is a blogger who is living with Lupus.  For those of you who don't know, Lupus is an autoimmune disease where the body's immune system mistakenly attacks healthy tissue instead of sickness.  If you want to learn a little more about it you should read what Cass has to say below, as well as look it up.  There is a lot I wasn't aware of when it comes to this, and thanks to Cass I'm now more aware and learned on the disease that so many people live with.

But Cass doesn't just talk about Lupus, she's also making her blog a place for anyone dealing with a chronic illness.  Even just recently she's talked about Connective Tissue Disease, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Fibromyalgia, and more.  Her blog is a real, educational, and inspirational look at living with a chronic disease like this, and I think it's great for both people who can relate and sympathize, and those who just want to learn more and be part of the support system.

Anyway, learn more about Cass by reading her answers to my interview questions here:

What encouraged you to start blogging?
I began blogging many years ago with a small scale fashion site that I loved to write my thoughts on. A few years ago I was diagnosed with a chronic illness, actually a number of illnesses and as this changed my life I began recording it. This lead me to begin The Wolf and Me so that I can help others to realise they're not alone and that there is empathy out there.


How did you come up with the name of your blog, The Wolf and Me?
I have always had difficulty coming up with names for blogs I have worked on over the years, but not this one. For years I have lived with a beast inside me that tries to drag me down and over the years I have learnt to make space for it in my life and a positive space at that. Lupus in Latin is translated to the wolf.....so this seemed like the appropriate place to start. As the blog is a mixture of a personal diary and lifestyle issues that those of us with chronic illnesses face, it was important that the name reflected this....so I stuck to simple and easy to remember....It's helped me to remain positive and passionate for the cause.

You blog about living with Lupus, can you tell us a little more about what that entails?
I could be here all day talking about this, so I will keep it short :) When I was first diagnosed I was terrified and there was a severe lack of both positivity and information that felt human to read. I got really fed up with reading medical facts and not personal experiences, tips or even just words of faith and encouragement. I realised that over the past 10 years I have found out so much about being a strong, independent warrior that I could bridge a gap between other chronic illness sufferers and the medical profession. I tell it like it is, whilst remaining optimistic. Living with this is extremely hard, it's a daily war....but it is also eye opening. I am lucky enough to know more about myself than I thought possible. I know how tough I can be and I also accept that I am allowed to be weak sometimes. It's very freeing.

You're also writing a book about this, what inspired that?
The book began off the back of the blog. I get a lot of questions for people looking for advice or help and I realised that all the information people are looking for could be best placed in one place. As a young person with a chronic illness, there are many questions such as continuing to work, having relationships and doing all the things we want to do in our 20's and 30's that I have had to answer. Now I want to give back and help others to achieve these dreams.....because they can be done! Hopefully the book will be the start of a new journey for me and if I help just one person I will be a very happy girl!


Note: If you want to help donate to the cause and get this book published, please go HERE.

Where do you see your blog in 5 years?
In 5 years I would love the blog to have turned into a community. I would love to have a team of warriors with a variety of illnesses sharing their experiences and information. I just want it to be a safe space for advice......I just want it to be happy. I would also like to start fundraising through the blog, raising money for different causes so that I can give back.

When you're not blogging, what do you do in your free time?
When i'm not blogging I am doing something creative....I am never not doing something, mainly because the distraction helps with the pain. I love to knit, scarfs and handbags have been my favorite so far....but I have a book of knitted animals to get through next. I love to paint and draw also I just wish I had more time for this haha. My favorite thing to do though is to add to my vinyl collection. I find music to be the best therapy! Whatever emotion you are feeling there is a song that will fit it to a tee!

If you won the lottery, how would you spend it?
If I wont the lottery I would start off by giving some to Lupus UK and Molly Fund in the USA. They have helped me so much I would want to help them back. I know it's cliched but if I wont the lottery I would buy a house in the countryside and simply live a life at peace....quiet countryside near the sea would be perfect. Mostly I would just love seeing the faces of my friends and family as I help them too....just to be happy!

Want a taste of what Cass offers at The Wolf and Me? Check out these well-written posts:

You should also keep up with Cass on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest.



3.27.2015

Photography: Liberty Park in Salt Lake City, Utah


Just around the corner from my apartment is this lovely park called Libert Park.  It has a pond, complete with paddle boats in the summer, and a small amusement park that has a carousel and a mini ferris wheel.  There's a place to buy food, lots of spaces to BBQ, volleyball courts, and more.  It's darling and even when those things aren't running due to the cool whether it's still alive with birds, joggers and rollerbladers, people walking their dogs, and photography students like my class and me.  In fact we all went out together to take these photos a few weeks ago, so I thought I'd share them here too.

This park offers stunning views of the city, views of the mountain surrounding the state, and so many adorable little things.





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